Kawasaki to launch retro W175 motorcycle on September 25
Modern motorcycles with a retro look have recently become popular in the Indian market. Besides Royal Enfield, we now have manufacturers like Honda, Benelli and Jawa in the market. Kawasaki India also plans to join this group with its new W175 retro motorcycle. The W175 motorcycle has been in the news for quite some time and it looks like Kawasaki has finally decided to launch it in India. The motorcycle has been spotted testing on our roads and it is now expected to be officially launched on the market on September 25, 2022.
Kawasaki hinted at the launch of its next motorcycle on the social media profile through a teaser video. The Kawasaki W175 retro motorcycle when launched will become the brand’s most affordable motorcycle in India. To keep the cost of the motorcycle under control, many components will be sourced locally. Just like other Kawasaki W-series motorcycles, the W175 also has a retro or old school style. It gets a round headlight up front, an analog dashboard with turn signal, and other notification lights alongside.
Unlike many modern retro bikes we’ve seen in the past, the Kawasaki W175 doesn’t get any chrome bits. Most panels are completely blackened to achieve a uniform finish. The front receives telescopic forks with gaiters around. The rear also gets dual shock absorbers. The motorcycle has a rounded design for the fuel tank, a one-piece ribbed seat, round taillights and orange-colored turn signals.
As for the engine and gearbox, the W175 will be powered by a 177cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine that generates 12.9hp and 13.2Nm of peak torque. It would be offered with a 5-speed gearbox. The bike would come with spoked rims and a single disc brake up front. The rear receives drum brakes. The W175 would be offered with single-channel ABS. The Kawasaki W175 looks like a very light motorcycle and should weigh around 126 kg. It would be a great bike for commuting around town.
As for pricing, we mentioned heavy localization and the W175 being the most affordable Kawasaki in the country above. The Kawasaki W175 is expected to be priced at Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 1.7 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom). That might seem like a good price for a Kawasaki, but the problem starts when you compare it with other motorcycles on the market. Kawasaki W175 comes with a smaller engine, generates less horsepower. For a 177cc motorcycle, the price of Rs 1.5 lakh might seem slightly high.
In terms of design, the Kawasaki looks like a real retro motorcycle and unlike many other manufacturers, Kawasaki also does not offer modern features such as the semi-digital instrument panel or even the Bluetooth connectivity function for the pair with your smartphone. It will have to compete with motorcycles like Jawa Classic, TVS Ronin, Royal Enfield Hunter 350 which has recently been launched in the market. Pricing for the W175 will be officially announced on September 25.